June 10, 2006
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June 10, 2006 Identify
Unsafe Search Results
How to lower the risk of malware intrusions from your online
Because Search engine
inquiries produce results that can include links to unsafe web sites that
install malicious software or display content of questionable or
undesirable nature, I recently
added a free program to identify unsafe search results to my search engine queries...
More security service
providers are joining McAfee in developing software like their free
SiteAdvisor that identities these potentially dangerous search
SiteAdvisor alerts Web searchers when their search results include
sites associated with spyware, adware, spam and browser attacks.
According to McAfee, between 3.9 and 5.3 percent (depending upon the
Search service) of links that appear in search results pose a risk
and can be as high as 72 percent of results for popular queries such
"free screensavers", "bearshare", "kazaa", "download music", and
"free games." the security company reports.
SiteAdvisor works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers and
displays a green, yellow, or red checkmark with each result for
Google, Yahoo, or MSN search results.
Right now it doesnt work with my Netscape browser, but McAfee
reports that their free SiteAdvisor may eventually be available for
other popular browsers.
If you currently use the IE or Firefox browsers, you can download
Here. The installation instructions are very clear and the
download is quick and effortless.
For anyone using Google, Yahoo, or MSN search tools, these automatic
analysis programs add another level of safety and security to our
Internet activity, which is really very important. You will see why
when you visit the SiteAdvisor webpage - be sure to click the link
about the number of unsafe search results found on the major search engine
results pages. It will probably be a surprise to you - it was to me.
Ive recommended it to my children, grandchildren and friends. If
you arent yet using SiteAdvisor, or if you prefer to wait for
similar products coming from Symantec and ScanSafe, and others, be
sure to try them when theyre available.
Youll probably recommend SiteAdvisor to your family and friends so
can identify unsafe search results, too.
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